Please look away if you bet the Dodgers (-140) moneyline tonight — and especially if you bet them the past two nights. Reading on will only contribute to your Ryan McMahon nightmares. You’ve been warned.
After a dominant seven innings of shutout ball from Walker Buehler, the Dodgers took a 2-0 lead into the bottom of the ninth inning. Manager Dave Roberts had to know it wouldn’t be easy to close out the game without closer Kenley Jansen, who recently hit the DL with an irregular heartbeat.
It would be especially difficult against the top of the Rockies order — with Nolan Arenado (who sat out tonight with an arm injury that only impacts his throwing) looming as a potential pinch-hitter.
Roberts decided to go with lefty Scott Alexander, who did get the save on Thursday night in Colorado. As someone who bet the Rockies moneyline, I applauded the move since Colorado hits a league-leading .272 against lefties. The top of their lineup in particular smokes southpaws.
Alexander got off to a good start by striking out Carlos Gonzalez, but then one of those lefty-mashers in Trevor Story hit a double to left. You could already hear the excitement in the crowd building, as everyone knew the Rockies would now pinch-hit with Nolan Arenado.
Roberts decided to make a pitching change since Arenado is hitting an absurd .412 against southpaws this season. He went with righty JT Chargois, who took a loss in Oakland the last time he pitched on Thursday.
Chargois immediately struggled with his command and ended up hitting Arenado with a pitch. That put runners on first and second with one out for Ian Desmond, who smoked a ball up the middle. However, Brian Dozier, while not known for his defense, made his second absolutely spectacular play of the game to rob Desmond of a hit. (The one below happened in the third inning.)
Dozier and Machado seem to be working out just fine. pic.twitter.com/QVrwXQwzlk
— ESPN (@espn) August 12, 2018
That put runners on first and third with two outs for last night’s hero — Ryan McMahon. Could the man who was only playing the last two nights because of an Arenado injury really beat LA for the second straight night with a late bomb?
— MLB (@MLB) August 12, 2018
HE REALLY DID IT AGAIN!
On a 1-0 pitch right into the sweet spot of a lefty, McMahon hit a laser over the right field wall to stun LA bettors. Before that clutch walk-off homer, the Rockies were 0-18 with runners in scoring position the past two nights, but still won both games because of Ryan McMahon McMagic.
Man, it felt good to be on the right side of one of those.